Creativity Involves Breaking Out of Established Patterns
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
-Edward de Bono, physician, inventor, and pioneer of “lateral thinking.”
It is all too easy to undervalue creativity as children move through their school years. The early days of drawings, art projects, storytelling, singing and dancing that are so important to human development and learning can easily be pushed aside in favor of other learning: writing, mathematics, sciences and humanities.
But creativity is not only evident in the arts; it is also an essential feature of humans’ ability to get along with one another and to solve problems. Creativity enables us to envision new, improved ways of doing things individually and as societies, and gives us ideas for applying our learning.
Our assembly this week highlighted the role of creativity and gave several students the opportunity to showcase some of their creative ideas and products. From visual arts, drama, and dance—to ideas from Student Council and principal’s advisers for improving our school—it’s important that we continue to nurture our human ingenuity and creativity through our academic, social, and athletic programs.